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2nd AfriGEOSS Symposium, Sunyani, Ghana.

Blog / Andiswa Mlisa / June 1, 2017

The countdown has started for the gathering of the GEO Earth observations community in Africa. I'm looking forward to meeting the AfriGEOSS community in Sunyani, Ghana in a couple of weeks.

We are holding the 2nd AfriGEOSS Symposium hosted by the Earth Observation Research and Innovation Centre (EORIC), University of Energy and Natural Resources. Building on the success of the 1st symposium held in Victoria Falls in 2016, this year’s theme “Delivering Earth observations for policy and sustainable societal impact in Africa” will see us focus on how Earth observations, through the AfriGEOSS Action Areas, support the implementation of African policies and enable informed decision-making for improved quality of life. The 3-days rich programme, with speakers from all six regions of the continent and over 20 countries, covering thematic areas aligned with the GEO Societal Benefit Areas, will provide a platform to promote and build synergies amongst national, regional and global initiatives. Engagement with end users will better inform the EO community how to deliver user-driven solutions.

To foster capacity building, the Symposium will be preceded by a full week of training workshops, offered in partnership with local and international partners such as AGRYMET, CERGIS, EORIC, ESA, USAID, NASA, SERVIR and Software Carpentry.

If you have an interest in Earth observations in Africa, then you should attend the AfriGEOSS Symposium and contribute to this continental coordination initiative.

There are a number of active regional GEO initiatives in addition to AfriGEOSS, in the Americas and Asia Oceania. Other regional initiatives are under development.

For more information regarding AfriGEOSS contact Andiswa Mlisa amlisa@geosec.org

For press enquiries contact Steven Ramage sramage@geosec.org

 

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Andiswa Mlisa

Andiswa Mlisa: Scientific and Technical Officer - AfriGEOSS Coordinator, Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat, Switzerland.

In her current role at the GEO Secretariat she coordinates and facilitates the implementation of AfriGEOSS, a trans-continent initiative to coordinate and reinforce synergies among national and regional Earth observations efforts in Africa and globally. AfriGEOSS identifies opportunities and put in place measures to enhance Africa's participation in, and contributions to the development of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and the implementation of the African Space Programme. In addition Ms Mlisa is responsible for coordinating capacity building activities in GEO, which aim to build individual, institutional and infrastructure capacity to foster the uptake and use of Earth observation for informed decision-making.

 

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